Legal Advocacy

IowaCASA's legal department provides holistic civil legal representation to those who have experienced sexual violence in secondary schools and college campuses. 

Our current funding allows us to help those who have experienced sexual violence gain access to available resources and options to allow for greater safety from sexual harm. In addition, our legal team educates students about their rights under both state and federal law. 

There are no costs or fees associated with the legal services IowaCASA provides. While our current services are limited to school or campus-based assault, IowaCASA is able to provide referrals to attorneys across the state who may offer legal services as well. 

Civil remedies exist for Iowans who have experienced sexual violence. As of July 1, 2017, someone who has experienced a sexual assault may petition the court for a sexual assault civil protective order. Sexual assault protective orders provide additional options and security that hadn't been possible up until this point.

Based on your current situation, you may qualify for civil remedies in the state of Iowa. You may consult with an attorney or talk to an advocate about this option. An advocate is a a trained professional with a wealth of knowledge about your options and resources. To find an advocate in your area, click here.

Click here to access our Legal Department's Referral Form.

Sonci Kingery


Staff Attorney


Sonci assists survivors with navigating the administrative process in secondary and post-secondary educational settings, as well as certain civil legal processes. Sonci graduated from Wartburg College in 2007 with majors in psychology and sociology and a minor in Woman’s Studies. She graduated from Drake University Law School in 2012. She served as IowaCASA’s Rural SART coordinator in 2015 before spending time at a private practice in West Des Moines. Her areas of practice included family law (dissolutions, establishment of paternity, child support and visitation), residential landlord/tenant, consumer rights, employment, and guardianships.

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Legal Advocate


Laura works with the coalition's legal team to provide legal support and resources to survivors of sexual assault. Before joining IowaCASA, Laura started as a volunteer in 2013 with L.U.N.A. (Latinas Unidas por Un Nuevo Amanecer), a culturally specific program in Des Moines, where she later became a full-time Sexual Assault Coordinator. Laura is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Human Services with a minor in physiology. She speaks and writes Spanish fluently. 

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Ashley provides legal services to survivors and victims of sexual violence, guiding them through  certain legal and administrative processes. Ashley graduated from Drake Law School and Drake College of Business and Public Administration, earning her Juris Doctorate and Master’s of Public Administration. She has practiced as an attorney in the Des Moines area and is able to assist legal advocates and survivors in certain legal issues that arise regarding sexual violence. Ashley has previously provided legal services regarding divorce, child custody issues, and business law. She is also a trained mediator. 

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Office: (515) 244-7424  |  Fax: (515) 850-1900

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